The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono (RCA Photophone System), English

An American horror film directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel.

Plot Summary

Hunter Bob Rainsford is washed ashore on a remote island after his yacht sinks in a storm. He meets Count Zaroff and his guests Eve Trowbridge and her brother Martin. Zaroff initially seems very welcoming but he turns out to be a psychopath who enjoys – and after killing Martin, Bob and Eve are to be his next victims.


* = uncredited

Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Irving Pichel
© 1932. RKO Radio Pictures Inc. A Cooper and Schoedsack production.
Executive Producer: David O. Selznick
Associate Producer: Merian C. Cooper
Screenplay: James Ashmore Creelman
Additional Dialogue: Edward Eliscu *, Owen Francis *
Based on the O.Henry Prize-winning Story by: Richard Connell
Director of Photography: Henry Gerrard
Editor: Archie F. Marshek
Music: Max Steiner
Recording: Clem Portman
Make-up: Wally Westmore *
Production Effects: Harry Redmond Jr *
Process Supervisor: Dodge Dunning *
Art Director: Carroll Clark, Mario Larrinaga

Joel McCrea (Robert Rainsford)
Fay Wray (Eve Trowbridge)
Leslie Banks (Count Zaroff)
Robert Armstrong (Martin Trowbridge)
Noble Johnson (Ivan)
Steve Clemento (tartar)
Oscar G. ‘Dutch' Hendrian (Russian servant)
William Davidson (captain)
Hale Hamilton [Woodman, passenger] *
Landers Stevens [Doc] *
James Flavin [first mate] *
Arnold Grey [guest at radio] *
Phil Tead [guest at table] *
Clem Beauchamp [steward] *
Martin Turner [cook] *
Charles Hall [helmsman] *

Alternative Titles

Caccia fatale – Italy
La chasse du comte Zaroff – France
Les chasses du comte Zaroff – Canada (French), France
Graf Zaroff – Genie des Bösen – Germany
Hounds of Zaroff – UK
Hrabia Zarow – Poland
İnsan Avcısı – Turkey
A legveszélyesebb játék – Hungary
El malvado Zaroff – Spain
O Malvado Zaroff – Portugal
Najopasnija igra – Serbia
La pericolosa partita
– Italy
To pio epikindyno thirama
– Greece (television)
Zaroff, a nyilas szervezet
– Hungary
Zaroff, o Caçador de Vidas
– Brazil
Zaroffin koirat
– Finland
Най-опасната игра
– Bulgaria
Самая опасная игра
– Russia

See also
Bloodlust! (1961)
The Dangerous Game (1953)
Deadly Game (1991)
Deadly Prey (1987)
A Game of Death (1945)
Hounds of Zaroff (2016)
The Hunt (2019)
Lethal Woman (1988)
Maneater (1973)
Mindhunters (2004)
The Pest (1997)
Red: Werewolf Hunter (2010)
Run for the Sun (1956)
Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987)
The Suckers (1972)
Surviving the Game (1994)
Turkey Shoot (1982)
The Woman Hunt (1972)



  • Avant-Scène du Cinéma no.295/296 (November 1982) pp.3; 4-6; 9-33, 67-72 – credits; review; script
  • Camera Obscura no.6 (Autumn 1980) pp.91-110 – article
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.19 p.41
  • The Cinema Booking Guide Supplement vol.2 no.7 (January 1933) pp.16, 17 – credits, review
  • Flickers no.40 (March 1980) pp.3-8 – article
  • Literature/Film Quarterly vol.10 no.2 (1982) pp.134-136 – review
  • Midi-Minuit Fantastique no.6 (June 1963) p.3 – article
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.5 no.59 (November 1938) p.267 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Picturegoer vol.2 no.89 (4 February 1933) p.20 – review
  • Radio Times vol.237 no.3080 (20 November 1982) p.13 – article (by Philip Jenkinson)
  • Shivers no.74 (February 2000) p.54 – illustrated review (The fright of your life by Jonathan Rigby)
  • Soundtrack! The Collector's Quarterly vol.20 no.77 (Spring 2001) p.24 – illustrated soundtrack review (Record reviews by Randall D. Larson)


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  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.52-53
  • Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the Thirties by Tom Johnson pp.60, 62, 88 – notes
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.21, 22, 32, 64, 190, 250, 314
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.42, 144, 145, 309
  • Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Sennp.109-119
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.332-333 – credits
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer's Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay pp.102-103
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.21-22 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.316 – credits
  • The RKO Features by James L. Neibaur p.172-173 – credits, synopsis
  • RKO Radio Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1929-1956 by Michael R. Pitts p.201-204
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti pp.292-293
  • The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.469-470
  • Sound Films, 1927-1939: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow pp.435-436
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.82